Jan 10th 2018

The Oriental Institute Lecture Series organized by the University of Chicago brings notable scholars from around the country and abroad as they present on new breakthroughs, unique perspectives, and innovative research applications related to the Ancient Middle East.

Kites, Tombs, and Houses in the ‘Land of Conjecture’: New Discoveries in the Black Desert, Jordan.

Presented by Yorke Rowan, Senior Research Associate in Ancient Studies, Oriental Institute. The eastern panhandle of Jordan includes the Black Desert, a harsh, basalt-strewn region with a single asphalt road and few water sources. Few archaeological research projects operated in the region with the exception of pioneering investigations by Betts and Helms in the 1970s and 1980s. With the initiation of the Eastern Badia Archaeological Project in 2008, we began to recognize that thousands of structures, previously unknown, undated, and of unknown function, clustered on the landscape. In this talk, Yorke Rowan discusses recent discoveries of tombs, petroglyphs, well-built houses, and vast chains of hunting traps across the landscape, all of which suggest the environment was quite different to what we see now.

6:30-7:00 p.m. Pre Lecture Tour/Registration
7:00-8:00 p.m. Presentation and discussion
8:00-8:45 p.m. Reception

If you cannot attend a lecture in person, you can still watch full-length recorded lectures at your convenience on youtube.com/jameshenrybreasted.

Yorke Rowan, Senior Research Associate in Ancient Studies, Oriental Institute

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